Clippings from the Blue Grass Clipper
December 28, 1899… Britain expected to send 30,000 men to put down the Boer uprising in South Africa, after which they would bundle Uncle Paul Kruger, Boer president, off the exile at St. Helena. Instead, the Brits have had to send four times that number of troops and have still been defeated at Dundee, Ladysmith and on the Orange River. The expected walkover in the Transvaal simply hasn’t taken place and now British citizens are clamoring for the government to send Field Marshal Lord Roberts to take charge. The Transvaal government is much concerned about the escape of Winston Churchill and the officials are doing their utmost to discover how he got away from his imprisonment. Over 500 British prisoners, captured at the battle of Stormberg, have arrived at Pretoria and have been taken to Waterfall to join the other prisoners. The celebrated Pinnacle Rock, which overlooked Cumberland Gap and was a noted natural wonder, fell from its lofty height Tuesday morning. The town of Cumberland, Tennessee, was awakened as if by an earthquake, as the immense mass came tumbling down. The course of the fall was away from town and no lives were lost, although considerable property was destroyed. Albert Sleet came from Georgetown College to spend the holidays at home. Ambrose Wilson came up from K.M.I. for the holidays. Henry L. Martin Jr. was at home from Washington & Lee University. James Starks came to visit from the School of Pharmacy in Louisville. Miss Ella Wingate, Miss Bettie Hughes, and Messrs. Henry Martin, Albert Sleet, Quinn Cogar, Frank Hawkins, Lawrence Leavy and Dr. Alford Blackburn attended the Christmas Hop at Versailles. A snowstorm gave the area a white Christmas, indeed. William E. Railey says that he will open next week a “cash grocery” at Dedman’s stand, on the hill. The Clipper says it is not troubling itself about when the next century begins. On the first day of January 1900, the Clipper will begin another year of supplying its readers with news and its advertisers with a first-class medium for telling of their goods. Fire was discovered Tuesday night in the kitchen of the residence of Lee P. Tompson on Winter Street. The kitchen and dining room were destroyed, but the main building, which was brick, was saved. The battleship Texas arrived in Newport News, Virginia, Monday with the remains of the men who lost their lives by the destruction of the battleship Maine in Havana harbor. The Maine’s dead were brought ashore and transferred, without ceremonies, to a C&0 baggage train for the trip to Arlington National Cemetery. December 29, 1921... There was no information for this week in the files.